2009 US Wind and Water Open

Racing began today in windy Corpus Christi. Long known for the warn breezes and friendly faces of the US Open, Texas delivered the goods again.

At the 10am skipper's meeting, sailors were greeted with 20 knots of wind that they knew would only pick up as they made their way to the water for formula racing.

After three grueling races, the sailors skipped over the breakwater into a flatwater speed sailing course using GPS to monitor their average speed over 10 sec and max speed.

Maui Sails rider Jon Jay Earnst climbed his way to the top of the standings in both disciplines with his TeamRace sails. Earst is being challenged by PWA racer Enes Yilmazer from Turkey for the top spot in both disciplines as well. Maui Sails riders Charles Allen and Chad Allen claim the third spots in Formula and speed respectively.

Event Coordinator and Maui Sails rider Chad Allen says, "Corpus Christi has held this event for over twenty years and rarely disappoints. Our nationally recognized race committee from the CC Yacht club kept the flags rolling and the sailors on the water. After the formula races, the competitors crossed over to the speed course which offers excellent opportunities to bear off far down the marina and slide through the calm waters. I'm sure they will sleep well tonight."

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ISWC Speed Windsurfing World Championship

The registration for the 2009 ISWC Speed Windsurfing World Championship is open!

The Event will be held in Karpathos, Greece, from 31.07. till 05.08.2009. Registration is open from now on, at:

http://www.speedworldcup.com/

Interested Riders can make their pre-registration until 21st of June latest, and we will inform them on their starting places by 28th of June latest.

Starting eligibility is limited to 45 places !

Event Dates: 31.07.2009 - 05.08.2009
Prizemoney : 25000 Euro
Location : Devils Bay, Karpathos, Greece
Organizer : Municipality of Karpathos
Entry Fee : 160 Euro

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2009 PWA Ulsan, day four

Another day of sun and wind had the slalom fleet hard at work on the fourth day of competition in Korea. Showing early form, Alice Arutkin (Starboard / North) capitalized on a strong start in the opening women’s race (race 5), to notch up her first win of the competition: “The wind had picked up so I had to change my sail before the heat, but I was still sailing my biggest board as there were patches of light wind all over the course. It’s always tough sailing against Valerie (Ghibaudo) and Karin (Jaggi) but I think I sailed well. I’m really happy to have won.”

The subsequent three women’s heats saw utter domination from Valerie Ghibaudo (Tabou / The Loft), as she executed back to back wins to firmly cement her name at the top of the women’s rankings.

Chasing Ghibaudo, Karin Jaggi (North) and Alice Arutkin filled out the majority of the day’s remaining podium positions to secure second and third respectively in the overall standings so far.

Lena Erdil (Starboard / Loft) showed early promised after finishing second in the opening race, but seemed to drop off the boil as the day progressed. She scraped together a disappointing sixth and seventh in the following races, dropping her down to fifth overall, behind Sarah Hebert (Starboard / Naish) in fourth.

The men’s racing kicked off by finishing up the remaining three heats of race four. The explosive race had already seen the departure of Finian Maynard (RRD / NeilPryde) and Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne) after a collision in the semi final. Maynard: “Bjorn was 30m ahead of me going into the mark, then I don’t know what happened to him, a lot of people have said he stopped. I never saw him. So I went in to do my gybe and got a big gust from behind. The next thing I know I’m just barreling into him. I’m really sorry for Bjorn, it was definitely my fault, but it came as a total surprise for me. It’s just an unfortunate racing incident.”

This incident left Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde) free to add another victory to his stash. In second, Josh Angulo (Dakine / Angulo / MauiSails) bagged his best slalom result of the season so far, and Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Exocet / MauiSails) showed a glimpse of the form he enjoyed in Austria to take third.

The men’s last completed elimination of the day saw a total reshuffle on the finish line. Kevin Pritchard (Starboard / Gaastra / Dakine) finally got to grips with conditions to secure third place, far and away his best result of the event. Micah Buzianis (JP / NeilPryde) continued to show outstanding consistency in second, in turn securing him second position in the event so far. But topping the elimination was Maynard, who had been hinting as his ability to win races, but thus far had never delivered. Maynard: “I started the race in the middle to upper part of the line, and just tried to hold my speed down the first reach. Micah had a better start than me but we both met mid way down the run. I decided to back off him at the gybe and try and take him on the second reach. Again, we got to the gybe together. I did a wide, high-speed gybe which really paid off and allowed me to overtake. From there I managed to control the race and was able to finish ok. It was a good run.”

The day finished up with inroads made into the sixth men’s elimination, before fluky wind had the race committee call an end to racing.

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